Learning & Education

Surestart, First, Middle and Higher Education - we are creating a lasting footprint from which immediate and future generations can gain. This is why delivering intelligent and innovative solutions is so important to us.

We are actively involved in creating exciting, innovative, learning environments across the educational sector. From schools to universities and special establishments, all of our work is underpinned by an innovative approach. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders to create a bespoke and inspirational educational building which can deliver real benefits to education.

Our in-house design and build capabilities allow us to consistently drive all of our projects towards and to achieve an environmentally sound standard.

St Peters Academy

Contract Value: £18.7 million


The St Peter’s Academy will provide a world class education within a clear Christian ethos which purposefully serves the wide and diverse needs of the community of Stoke-on-Trent.


Centrally located at Fenton Manor, the new building will act as a symbolic beacon of the Sponsors’ vision: ‘An Academy at the heart of the City with Faith at the heart of the Academy’. Moreover, it will provide facilities for up to 1,200 students aged 11-16, and up to 150 post 16 students, including specialist ICT, media, business, and technology and sports facilities. Therefore it will facilitate the delivery of excellent educational provision and allow for a high quality, personalised and rigorous education.


The new multi million pound facilities, which are being built as part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Phase 3 Programme, will begin at the end of 2011 and will be ready for use by September 2013.


Please click the link below for a BREEAM Case Study on this scheme

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Oak Meadow & Bushbury Hill Primary Schools

Contract Value: £9 million


Oak Meadow and Bushbury Hill Primary Schools in Wolverhampton have been designed by Herefordshire based architects, Architype. The overarching principle is to achieve a standard of energy efficiency where the building contains and manages the heat whilst providing a comfortable learning environment, with a maximum thermal energy consumption of 15kwh/m2/year and maximum total primary energy of less than 120 kwh/m2/year, representing a saving of 80-90% on energy costs for the schools.


The new Passivhaus in Education brochure demonstrates a joint venture partnership between Thomas Vale and Architype to deliver high-end education facilities at zero additional capital cost.


Please click the link below to view our Passivhaus in Education brochure.

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Kemball School

Contract Value: £11.4 million


The new build school is to be constructed on the site of the existing Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy.


The proposed wider site masterplan includes the co-location with Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy. Civic areas such as the new site entrance and parking will be shared by the new educational facilities.


Work started on site on 17 March 2011. The proposed completion date is 26 August 2013.

Haywood Engineering College

Contract Value: £7.2 million

The first project in the Building Schools for the Future programme with Stoke City Council through Thomas Vale Wates partnership.

The first phase consisted of work to the Science and Technology areas. The Technology block was extended to incorporate a hi-tech design studio, refurbished food technology rooms, a textiles studio and a community Engineering suite, enabling Haywood to further enhance their Engineering Specialism. A 21st century Science area was created, based on the innovative principles of “Project Faraday” and feature state-of-the -art specialist laboratories and open spaces support creative and interactive learning.

Work to the music area contribute to the school’s flourishing Performing Arts provision. Improvements include refurbished rehearsal and practice spaces, a new performance studio, open plan flexible learning areas, fully equipped with the latest ICT, that will offer students new, exciting ways to learn.

A brand new four court sports hall allow the college to host a full range of indoor sports, new fitness and dance studio and changing facilities also add to the new look.

Finally, a Science and Technology courtyard with landscaped outdoor learning areas and an iconic, inspirational ‘learning tower’ has been designed by students.

Bishop Hooper CE Primary School

Contract Value: £2.2 million


The new school now has high environmental credentials. It is designed to save energy with triple glazed windows and features larger improved facilities including 4 class rooms, an amphitheatre used for outdoor drama, grass sports pitch, all weather games area, a wildflower meadow and an orchard.


The new school will initially hold the current 73 pupils aged 5-11 years but will have the capacity to hold 120 pupils ready to meet local needs for the next 30 years.


The building has achieved a Very Good BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating. The renewable technologies used within this build are a timber frame structure which provides better design flexibility, decreases the duration of the build and is better value for money; a bio mass boiler which has almost zero carbon emissions, a reliable source of heat throughout the year and significantly reduces energy costs; natural ventilation which reduces construction and operating costs and improves the indoor environment; and a sedum roof reduces storm water run off and encourages natural habitat creation.

Etone Sixth Form College

Contract Value: £9 million

New build design construction and completion of a sixth form study facility spread over 2 storeys incorporating part basement construction, external spectators deck and associated external works. The project acheived a BREEAM rating of Very Good. A micro-generation combined heat and power unit (CHP), has been installed to provide both heating and electricity to the building; this unit provides a combined energy input to the building of 18.7 kW. This energy input to the building reduces the building load on both gas for heating and grid electricity for power.

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Stourport Primary School

Contract Value: £4.8 million


The project was a joint venture between Thomas Vale and Worcestershire County Council through the West Midlands Contractors Framework.


The project was to replace Victorian premises with the new school, children’s centre and nursery has some of the latest sustainable technology, including biomass boilers, green roofs and energy-efficient lighting


The school caters for 315 pupils between the ages of five and 11, and includes excellent facilities including; 13 state of the art classrooms, a dedicated ICT suite, food science laboratory, design & technology rooms and play areas with outside teaching facilities, which was constructed over a 54 week period.


It also contains a nursery and integrated children's centre whilst incorporating many different renewable technologies such as; Solar Chimneys and a full sustainable urban drainage system to replicate natural systems that use cost effective solutions with low environmental impact to drain away dirty and surface water run-off through collection, storage and cleaning before allowing it to be released slowly back into the environment.

St Peter’s Anglican & Methodist VC Primary School

Contract Value: £3.5 million

The 53 week project comprised of the design and construction of a new seven classroom primary school including hall, kitchen, admin area and extensive external works which included a grass football pitch, tarmac basket-ball/net-ball court, external decking and playground area.

St Luke's Primary School

Contract Value: £5.9 million

Since the completion of the brand new St Luke’s Primary School in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, it has been awarded a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, making it the only, and therefore first, of its kind in Britain. The all timber, highly sustainable primary school is a flagship project for Wolverhampton. The school building accommodates 420 children and is located at the heart of the regeneration of Blakenhall. Pre-fabricated timber panels were used as this provided superior air-tightness for the building, thereby significantly reducing energy usage in the building.